Manchester United failed to win at home for the third match in a row. Derby County edged past them in the EFL Cup penalty shootout.
Lampard, in his first season as a manager, triumphed against former boss Jose Mourinho despite Marouane Fellaini’s late headed equaliser. And Lampard could hardly believe Derby County, who trailed to Juan Mata’s third-minute goal, were able to dump Manchester United out.
“I’m shell-shocked. What a performance.” Lampard said to Sky Sports. “To go down early at Old Trafford and play as well as they did was superb. We had the personality to take penalties and play the way we did. I am a proud manager. It was the easiest selection I have had, the players were superb against Brentford [in Saturday’s 3-1 Championship win] and they deserved the chance to play at Old Trafford.”
“I wanted to bring a team who could really compete and I am so proud of them. I am trying to build a group to be successful and nights like this are incredible. To go against world-class players and play that way, it’s right up there. Harry Wilson does do that in training, he proved me wrong as I thought it was too far out.” Lampard added. “Both he and Mason Mount are going to go a long way.”
Juan Mata rounded off a lovely early move to give Manchester United the lead. But Derby looked capable of troubling United. They deservedly levelled early in the second half through Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson’s stunning free-kick.
Things got more difficult for United when Romero was dismissed for handball outside his area. Then Derby County capitalised through Jack Marriott. Marouane Fellaini’s stoppage-time equaliser gave United some hope. But after 15 successful penalties between the two sides, Jones’ feeble effort was saved by Carson.
This defeat continues a torrid recent run in shoot-outs for Manchester United. They have lost their last five penalty shoot-outs across the EFL Cup, FA Cup and Community Shield.
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